In One Eye

Sunday, May 29, 2005
In a horridly titled piece ("Ground Zero is So Over"), Frank Rich discusses this morning yet another episode where the Bushies have hysterically promoted an issue and then walked away from it. In this case, it has to with the the pit, the hole, the void that ground zero remains. As Rich points out,
In the heat of election season, the Bush-Cheney campaign set off a melee by broadcasting ads that featured the shell of the World Trade Center and shrouded remains being borne away by firefighters. Ground zero was hallowed ground ... [T]he prospect of terror and the hot-button-pushing invocations of 9/11 were shoveled into the oratory at Madison Square Garden, where Rudolph Giuliani had a star turn. All the post-election talk of "moral values" notwithstanding, the terrorism card proved the decisive factor in the defeat of John Kerry, a character whose genius for equivocating on just about any issue rendered him a pantywaist against an opponent who had stood with a bullhorn in the smoky wreckage and had promised to round up the bad guys "dead or alive."

But once the election was over, ground zero was tossed aside like a fading mistress.
Indeed, it looks as if campaign references to the World Trade Center's demise and the so-called War on Terror were meant only to whip the booboisie into paroxysms of fear so that the "elected" oligarchs could then pillage the middle class's Social Security benefits.

As usual, the Bushies have shown their callousness as they walk away from a situation that has led to the loss of over 1500 American lives. Tragically, the attack on the World Trade Center, as Mr. Rich puts it, "is a troubling but increasingly distant event to those Americans who, unlike the families and neighbors of the fallen, can and have turned the page."

Mr. Rich's position can be borne out by a story in today's Washington Post wherein we are told that the Bushies will try yet again to come up with some kind of cogent plan regarding their precious "War on Terror."
The Bush administration has launched a high-level internal review of its efforts to battle international terrorism, aimed at moving away from a policy that has stressed efforts to capture and kill al Qaeda leaders since Sept. 11, 2001, and toward what a senior official called a broader "strategy against violent extremism."

The shift is meant to recognize the transformation of al Qaeda over the past three years into a far more amorphous, diffuse and difficult-to-target organization than the group that struck the United States in 2001 ...

The review may have been slowed somewhat by the fact that many of the key counterterrorism jobs in the administration have been empty for months, including the top post at the State Department for combating terrorism, vacant since November, and the directorship of the new National Counterterrorism Center. "We're five months into the next term, and still a number of spots have yet to be filled," [said Roger W. Cressey, who served as a counterterrorism official at the National Security Council under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush]. "You end up losing valuable time."

The counterterrorism center was created nearly a year ago by Bush to serve as the main clearinghouse for terrorism-related intelligence but is not yet fully operational, and has been run by an acting director and caught up in the broader wave of bureaucratic reorganization that resulted in the creation of the new directorate of national intelligence, whose fiefdom the center will join.
I'm sorry, but I just don't see a lot of resolve here. On the other hand, it's apparently imperative that the president speak at dozens of so-called town hall meetings in order to propagandize (his term) the need for social security evisceration.